IKEA Table for Eating Outdoors

IKEA Outdoor Table | Reluctant Entertainer

I’m so behind on a few posts, like our new IKEA table we got last year for eating outdoors, and a post on our patio lights. We love our table, we have a ton of lights on our patio and garden area, and in southern Oregon we’re eating outside from May to the end of October. It’s glorious!

The history of our “first” outdoor table is that we bought it so many years ago from Cotsco, and even though it was an off-colored green (in nice terms, ugly green), I still used table cloths and made the table pretty!

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The chairs were SO comfortable, and we didn’t want to spend money to buy a new table when the current one worked so well. I wrote a post years ago asking if anyone had tips on changing the color. We figured it would be too much work to try to paint the chairs black.

outdoor table

Long story short, last year while at IKEA in Portland, we stumbled upon a new table that fit our entertaining space quite nicely, for only $195. The cool thing is, we can now fit 10 around it comfortably.

It weathered a winter just fine.

We love how it’s extendable.

IKEA Outdoor Table | Reluctant Entertainer

We bought additional black stacking chairs for $14.99 each.

And came home and sold our green set on Craig’s List for $175.

We try to be frugal in our backyard and either repurpose or buy used, and for under $100 more, we changed the look and updated our table for eating outdoors.

Our only regret was that we didn’t buy two of the IKEA tables. They are adjustable and weather-proof! And we’re always having to add an extra table on for large dinner parties.

IKEA Outdoor Table | Reluctant Entertainer

I don’t like it when I feel discontented or unsatisfied, but on the other hand, it’s okay to want to make the best of your outdoor space, pleasing to the eye, and comfortable for your guests.

Next trip to Portland, we may just have to see if we luck out again!

Do you hem and haw over your current outdoor furniture, or are you content with how it fits your entertaining space?

This post is not sponsored by IKEA; all opinions are my own!

8 comments on “IKEA Table for Eating Outdoors”

  1. You have the most gorgeous parties!

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  3. Apartment dweller here. We have a lovely balcony, with seating for four, but it was just pulling teeth to get people out there.

    So at our last party, we put the cooler with all the beer out there. Worked wonders :)

  4. I don’t have outdoor furniture anymore. Sadly we had to sell it when we moved because it wouldn’t fit in our trailer. I want so badly to buy a cute table so we can entertain outdoors here in the summer, but we can’t buy one because we will be moving back in a year and it wont fit in our trailer. For now, I will just admire your beautiful backyard!

  5. Perhaps this sounds like an excuse, but we haven’t been anywhere long enough yet to even think of buying a table. Well, I suppose we’ve thought, but we’ve never gone farther than that! It’s on the “one day, maybe” list! But I love yours and IKEA is just so fun!

  6. Love this table scape!!! Gorgeous as usual!!!

  7. I bought this condo because of the patio. It’s 16 x 16 – large enough to actually use to entertain. My own unit surrounds it on two sides (patio doors from both the living room and the downstairs bedroom, which is my sewing studio), with a high privacy wall between my unit and the one next door. A pretty brick wall sits on the fourth side, to make things cozy and fairly private. It’s both protected from the wind and south facing – essential if you plan to use the space well into fall, as Wisconsin can get pretty chilly.

    The furniture came from the previous owners – a 54″ round table and four chairs. It serves for now, but there is plenty of room for a rectangular table and seating for six, without crowding and with room safely left for the grill and a small serving/drinks table. For now, though, I need to be content with filling the gigantic urns (three of them, also left by the previous owners) with flowers and having very small groups over.

  8. we just bought a set from lowes a few months ago-it took us a while to find something we like, but we are really pleased with the high -top table set we purchased. we especially like the extra height from it

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